OCHA appeals for $76 million to help typhoon victims in the Philippines

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Children in Mindanao, Philippines. Typhoon Bopha affected more than 6.2 million people, claiming over a thousand lives and displacing at least 800,000 people. Credit: OCHA

The UN humanitarian agency (OCHA) is appealing for $76 million to help hundreds of thousands of people affected by a typhoon that caused massive destruction in the Philippines last year.

The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs says Typhoon Bopha, known locally as Pablo, which swept through the island of Mindanao between 4 and 7 December, destroyed houses, public infrastructure and agricultural lands.

More than 1,000 people died in the storm.

OCHA Spokesperson in Geneva, Jens Laerke, says the revised appeal, which is 17 per cent more than the original request launched in December, is based on evaluations made on the ground.

"There were over 6.2 million who have been affected and of them close to 850,000 people are still displaced. Those are the ones we are trying to help. Specifically, the revised plan here will provide life-saving support and recovery support to 920,000 people. These are relief, humanitarian projects and programmes in basically all sectors that we know. It's water and sanitation, it's particularly shelter, it's food, its nutrition, it's protection and it's education."

Duration:  31"

OCHA says so far only $27 million has been contributed towards the appeal leaving a funding gap of $48 million.

Donn Bobb, United Nations

Duration: 1'17"

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